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Downtown  Christopher Williams: Gobbledygook, a dance for Eikazu Nakamura (with appearances by Adam H. Weinert); and Hen's Teeth, a new work for three middle-aged women, six younger women, and one man set to music by Gregory Spears sung in Breton, Latin, and French by members of Lionheart and Anonymous 4.  June 3 through 5 at 8 pm, June 6 at 3 pm.  Tickets: $17 general, $12 members, $14 students/seniors.  Dance New Amsterdam, 280 Broadway, 2nd floor (entrance at Chambers Street).  Info at  www.dnadance.org.

 

Dance New Amsterdam presents

Christopher Williams

Gobbledygook
and Hen's Teeth

Thursday, June 3 through Sunday, June 6
Thursday to Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 3 pm

Dance New Amsterdam
280 Broadway, 2nd floor (entrance at Chambers Street)
New York, New York

Directed by Christopher Williams

Gobbledygood
Danced by Eikazu Nakamura
(with appearances by Adam H. Weinert)

Hen's Teeth (World Premiere)

Musical Score by Gregory Spears sung by members of Lionheart and Anonymous 4.  Featuring dancers Jennifer Lafferty, Storme Sundberg, Hope Davis, Ursula Eagly, Emily Stone, Kira Blazek, Grazia Della Terza, Alison Granucci, Joan Arnold, and Adam H. Weinert. 


Tickets: $17 general, $12 members, $14 students/seniors, (advance sale

$12) Available at the box office or at www.dnadance.org.

 

Call for Press Comps: 212.227.9856

 

Post-show discussion moderated by Wendy Perron on 6/3

Free preview: Tuesday, May 25 at 12:15 pm, DNA's 2nd Floor Gallery.

Background
From June 3rd to June 6th, 2010, Dance New Amsterdam will present a concert of two works by Artist-in-Residence Christopher Williams.

Gobbledygook, a dance for Japanese dancer Eikazu Nakamura (with appearances of dancer Adam H. Weinert) is inspired by the curiously anthropophagous ramanga or "blue bloods" of Madagascar, the gaki or "hungry ghosts" of Buddhist mythology, and the Japanese folktale Jugemu (made famous by the Rakugo performance tradition and later echoed in the popular 1968 children's book Tikki tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel).  The work incarnates an imaginary version of the Buddhist segaki ritual concerned with personal atonement and easing the suffering of the wandering dead.  Set to a sound-score by David Griffin.  Costume design is by Carol Binion with additional elements by Andy Jordan and Christopher Williams.

 

Hen's Teeth (World Premiere) incorporates imagery from three sources: the mysterious flying women found in a Breton fairytale preserved by 19th century folklorist Francois-Marie Luzel;  the Graeae, or three swan-like crones of ancient Greek myth, who share only one eye and one tooth between them; and texts documenting the display of holy relics in the Middle Ages.  Hen's Teeth is a work for three middle-aged women, six younger women, and one man set to contemporary music by Gregory Spears in the form of a requiem mass sung in Breton, Latin, and French by members of Lionheart and Anonymous 4.  The score includes elements of the homophonic chanson Cigne ie suis de candeur by Claude Le Jeune (c. 1528-1600).  Featuring dancers Jennifer Lafferty, Storme Sundberg, Hope Davis, Ursula Eagly, Emily Stone, Kira Blazek, Grazia Della Terza, Alison Granucci, Joan Arnold, and Adam H. Weinert.  Costume design by Andy Jordan, with additional elements by Christopher Williams and Carol Binion.   Musicians: Ruth Cunningham, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, John Olund, Michael Wenger, Larry Lipnik, Kurt-Owen Richards, Jacqui Kerrod, Elizabeth Weinfield, Christopher Williams and Gregory Spears.

Lighting: Amanda K. Ringger

 

Bio Christopher Williams


Christopher Williams is a dancer, choreographer, and puppeteer based in the New York City area. He was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Syracuse, New York where he began early studies of gymnastics, drama, music, and ballet. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999 from Sarah Lawrence College where he studied choreography with the late Viola Farber and puppetry with Dan Hurlin. Christopher has also studied contemporary dance technique most notably with Jeremy Nelson, Vicky Shick, Douglas Dunn, Rebecca Lazier, John Jasperse, and at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, where he received three scholarships for participation in their professional training program. He also holds a diploma from the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris where he studied physical theatre, acrobatics, and mask traditions from 1996-1998.

 

Christopher has danced with Tere O'Connor Dance, Douglas Dunn & Dancers, and Rebecca Lazier's TERRAIN. He has also performed for critically acclaimed artists such as Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks, Fred Ho, John Kelly, Yvonne Meier, Jon Kinzel, Renée Archibald, Edisa Weeks, Risa Jaroslow, Eliza Miller, Nanine Linning, Beppie Blankert, Charles Atlas, Wendy Rogers, Lisa Gonzales, and Anita Cheng.

 

As a puppeteer, Christopher has worked with the award-winning master puppeteer Basil Twist, both serving as the Ballet Captain for the puppets' choreography as well as performing the title role in his version of the ballet Petrushka. In addition, he has toured with the award-winning work of Dan Hurlin, including Everyday Uses for Sight no. 3 and Hiroshima Maiden, and has also performed in the work of Erin K. Orr and Lake Simons. His own puppet works have been performed in the Late Night Cabaret of Jim Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater, at HERE Arts Center as part of the Puppet Parlor, at P.S. 122, through the Arts at St. Ann's Puppet Lab, and at Dixon Place.

 

He has had the great fortune of collaborating with many distinguished artists including Colombian visual artist Rosario López, composers Gregory Spears, Robert Een, Peter Kirn, David Griffin, and Ivan Jiménez, choreographer Kindra Windish, with members of The New York Consort of Viols, and with members of the internationally renowned vocal ensembles, Anonymous 4 and Lionheart.

 

He received a New York Dance & Performance "Bessie" Award in 2005 for his work Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins and an impromptu Ishmael Houston-Jones "Messie" Award in 2009 for his work The Golden Legend,which was listed among the 10 best dance performances of 2009 by Joan Acocella of The New Yorker magazine.  His various works have been shown both locally in many New York City venues including City Center, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam, Joyce SoHo, Symphony Space, Galapagos Art Space, BRIC Studio, HERE Arts Center, P.S. 122, La Mama Experimental Theater Club, One Arm Red, The John Ryan Theater, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, Solar One, The Mulberry Street Theater, Judson Church, The Spiegeltent, nationally in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and internationally in the Casa del Teatro Nacional in Bogotá, Colombia. He has also been commissioned to set original choreography on dancers part of Island Moving Co. as well as on student dancers at Princeton UniversityNew York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and Sarah Lawrence College.

 

Christopher is the recipient of grants from The Jim Henson Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, The O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, The American Music Center, and the 92nd Street "Y" through the Harkness Dance Foundation, and was a commissioned artist of Dream Music Puppetry through the Here Artist Residency Program. He has received a fellowship from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a Bessie Schönberg Memorial Endowed Fellowship for a residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and a fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation for a residency at The Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities in Bogliasco, Italy. He has also been an artist in residence at the Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, The White Oak Plantation, Yaddo, The Yard, Bates Dance Festival, and through Movement Research. He currently serves on the Artist Advisory Board for Danspace Project and lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

 

 View excerpts of work by Christopher Williams here.

 

Christopher Williams' 2009 work "The Golden Legend," was named one the ten best dances works of the year by Joan Acocella in The New Yorker.


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Hen's Teeth and Gobbledygook were created, in part, during a 2009 A.I.R. Residency at Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), which included free rehearsal space, production, and marketing support and also a residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.  Additionally, this work would not have been possible without generous funds from the O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, the Live Music for Dance Program of the American Music Center.  Additionally the work would not have been possible without the generous individual support of Judd Williams & Anne Bonaparte, Brian Selznick & David Serlin, Ellen Runge, Basil Twist & Barbara Busackino, Steven & Michele Pesner, Eleanor & Harry Loose, Glen & Dottie Williams, Ruth S. Trampler, Terry & Jane Keenan, Alice & Norman Hatt, Juliette Crump & Bill Bevis, Margrit Diehl, George Gingras, and Barbara & Stuart Williams.

 

DNA's Artist in Residence (AIR) program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), in partnership with the City Council and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

 

Below find our regular publicity for this event.

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Christopher Williams
Gobbledygook
Hen's Teeth

Andy Jordan Feather Girl
Photo: Andy Jordan

Dance New Amsterdam presents

Christopher Williams

Gobbledygook and Hen's Teeth

Thursday, June 3 through Sunday, June 6
Thursday to Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 3 pm

280 Broadway, 2nd floor (entrance at Chambers Street)
New York, New York

Gobbledygook
Danced by Eikazu Nakamura
(with appearances by Adam H. Weinert)

Hen's Teeth (World Premiere)

Featuring dancers Jennifer Lafferty, Storme Sundberg,
Hope Davis, Ursula Eagly, Emily Stone, Kira Blazek,

Grazia Della Terza, Alison Granucci, Joan Arnold, and

Adam H. Weinert.  Musical Score by Gregory Spears,

sung by members of Lionheart and Anonymous 4. 


Tickets: $17 general, $12 members, $14 students/seniors, (advance sale $12) Available at the box office or at www.dnadance.org.


 Post-show discussion moderated by Wendy Perron on 6/3

Free preview: Tuesday, May 25 at 12:15pm, DNA's 2nd Floor Gallery


Andy Jordan Crone
Photo: Andy Jordan

From June 3rd to June 6th, 2010, Dance New Amsterdam presents a concert of two works by Artist-in-Residence Christopher Williams.

Gobbledygook, a dance for Japanese dancer Eikazu Nakamura (with appearances by dancer Adam H. Weinert).  Inspired by the

curiously anthropophagus ramanga or "blue bloods" of

Madagascar, the gaki or "hungry ghosts" of Buddhist mythology,

and the Japanese folktale Jugemu (made famous by the Rakugo

performance tradition and later echoed in the popular 1968

children's book Tikki tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel), the work

incarnates an imaginary version of the Buddhist segaki ritual

of the wandering dead.  Set to a sound-score by David Griffin.

Costume design is by Carol Binion with additional elements by

Andy Jordan and Christopher Williams.

 

Hen's Teeth (World Premiere) incorporates imagery from three

sources: the mysterious flying women found in a Breton fairytale

preserved by 19th century folklorist Francois-Marie Luzel;  the

Graeae, or three swan-like crones of ancient Greek myth, who

share only one eye and one tooth between them; and texts

documenting the display of holy relics in the Middle Ages.  Hen's

Teeth is a work for three middle-aged women, six younger women,

and one man set to contemporary music by Gregory Spears in the

form of a requiem mass sung in Breton, Latin, and French by

members of Lionheart and Anonymous 4.  The score includes

elements of the homophonic chanson Cigne ie suis de candeur

by Claude Le Jeune (c. 1528-1600).


Featuring dancers Jennifer Lafferty, Storme Sundberg, Hope Davis, Ursula Eagly, Emily Stone, Kira Blazek, Grazia Della Terza, Alison Granucci, Joan Arnold, and Adam H. Weinert


Costume design by Andy Jordan, with additional elements by Christopher Williams and Carol Binion


Musicians: Ruth Cunningham, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, John Olund, Michael Wenger, Larry Lipnik, Kurt-Owen Richards, Jacqui Kerrod, Elizabeth Weinfield, Christopher Williams and Gregory Spears.


Lighting: Amanda K. Ringger

 

 

Click here for a biography of Christopher Williams.

Click here to view excerpts of work by Christopher Williams.


Tickets:
$17 general, $12 members, $14 students/seniors
(advance sale $12)
Available at the box office or at
www.dnadance.org.



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